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College Football Picks: Expert Predictions for Every Game on Aug. 24

By Steven Lassan, 2 days 20 hours ago
College football's 2019 season gets underway with two games on Saturday, Aug. 24, and our NCAA experts are ready with their predictions and picks. The Week 0 slate starts off with a big-time matchup in the Sunshine State between Florida and Miami. The Gators took a big step forward in coach Dan Mullen's first year last fall and are predicted to be the top competition to Georgia in...

Utah Football: Game-by-Game Predictions for 2019

By John Coon, 2 days 22 hours ago
Dodging the spotlight will no longer be possible for Utah. The defending Pac-12 South champions shed the last of their underdog status after the league's media made the Utes their preseason pick to win an outright Pac-12 championship in 2019.   Will Utah rise to meet those elevated expectations? Or will the Utes get crushed under the weight of the preseason hype? Many signs point to a...

Pac-12 Football: Top 15 Must-See Games of 2019

By Mitch Light, 3 days 22 hours ago
The Pac-12 might lack a true national championship contender, but this is still an intriguing league with compelling storylines in 2019.   Can Utah live up to the hype? Can Clay Helton save his job at USC? Will Jacob Eason provide Washington with an upgrade at QB? Will Oregon’s defense improve enough to make the Ducks a true contender? We will find out the answers to these questions...

College Football's Top 25 Linebacker Units for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 3 days 23 hours ago
For the second year in a row, Alabama takes the top spot in Athlon's ranking of the best linebacker units in college football. The Crimson Tide have to restock one spot on the inside, but Dylan Moses, Terrell Lewis and Anfernee Jennings could all push for all-conference or All-America honors at the end of the year. Georgia and LSU join Alabama in the top five, with Miami and Penn State...

College Football Rankings: Top 25 for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 4 days 2 min ago
The 2019 college football season officially begins on Saturday, Aug. 24, and with less than a week before kickoff, it's time to think about NCAA football rankings. Each NCAAF season brings plenty of surprises, disappointments and unexpected teams emerging in the national title picture. However, two teams - Clemson and Alabama - are a step ahead of the rest of the college football world...

College Football's Top 30 Defensive Lines for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 4 days 23 hours ago
The defensive line is one of college football's deepest positions in terms of individual talent for 2019, and there's also plenty of competition for the top spot among teams for the best setup in the trenches. Anchored by first-team All-American Derrick Brown, Auburn leads the way in Athlon's best defensive lines for the 2019 college football season. The Tigers are followed by Utah...

Group of 5 Football: Top 15 Must-See Games of 2019

By Mitch Light, 1 week 22 hours ago
The Group of 5 might not produce a serious threat to win a national title — sorry UCF — but there are still a bunch of very good teams that are loaded with outstanding players.   Below is our list of the top 15 games involving Group of 5 teams — some involve matchups against the so-called big boys in the Power 5 and some are key games that will go long way in determining...

College Football's Top 30 Breakout Wide Receivers for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 23 hours ago
The wide receiver position has plenty of standouts returning for the 2019 college football season, but there's always room for new stars or breakout players to emerge. Alabama's Jerry Jeudy, Clemson's Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross and Oklahoma State's Tylan Wallace are just a few of the All-America candidates returning to campus this fall. Auburn's Seth Williams, Oregon's...

College Football's Top 30 Offensive Lines for 2019

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 3 days ago
The offensive line is often the most overlooked position for any college football team. While the linemen in the trenches don’t get enough credit, they are often the most important piece to a successful offense. Flashy skill talent and quarterbacks take home all of the accolades and headlines, but neither position can thrive without a solid offensive line. Thanks to elite...

Pac-12 Football: Running Backs Around the Conference Prove Irreplaceable

By Kyle Kensing, 2 weeks 22 hours ago
Herm Edwards' introduction as Arizona State head coach in December 2017 came with plenty of questions — not the least of which was how the old-school leader could adapt to the modern game.   After all, much changed in the 10 years between Edwards' last stint on an NFL sideline and his debut at Arizona State. Among those changes is an ever-growing emphasis on passing over...